Caregiver Education

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

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Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

Clinical trial reduces the stress of stem cell transplant patients' caregivers

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The stress of caregivers of patients receiving stem cell transplantation can be successfully reduced by an intervention, according to a randomized controlled trial.

Children's Oncology Group Examines National Educational Practices in Pediatric Patients

Children's Oncology Group Examines National Educational Practices in Pediatric Patients

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Premier study examines current delivery of patient/family education to pediatric patients with newly diagnosed cancer.

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

New Instrument Assesses Caregiver Knowledge of Cancer Treatment Symptoms

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Nursing Assessment of Family Caregiver Knowledge and Action Tool (NAFCKAT) may aid caregivers who need additional support.

Behavioral Intervention Improves Sleep for Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads

Behavioral Intervention Improves Sleep for Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads

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A brief cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) improved sleep over 4 weeks with little to no negative effects on clinic flow.

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

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Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators.

Needs of caregivers of head and neck cancer patients require recognition

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—After a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers also undergo major life changes. The importance of these caregivers should be recognized by nurses in planning care for patients, especially for those with head and neck cancer. This research was presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

A whisper and a cry: Caregiving and active listening

A whisper and a cry: Caregiving and active listening

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Have you ever recognized your own behavior in a caregiver's actions? What do you do to apply professional lessons from personal experiences?

Training in problem solving helps mothers cope with child's cancer diagnosis

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The benefits of training in problem-solving skills goes beyond teaching parents to navigate the complex systems that accompany a child's diagnosis of cancer. It also leads to a durable reduction in mothers' levels of anxiety and symptoms of posttraumatic stress, and improves overall coping with a child's illness.

Caring for the caregiver during special occasions and holidays

Caring for the caregiver during special occasions and holidays

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Family events and celebrations can create additional stressors for caregivers. Nurses should take time to remind caregivers about their own needs.

Consejos para los proveedores de cuidado: ¿Cómo puede ayudarse usted mismo? (Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?)

Consejos para los proveedores de cuidado: ¿Cómo puede ayudarse usted mismo? (Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?)

This fact sheet offers Spanish-speaking caregivers tips about how to take time to care for themselves.

ONS Connections: Instrument can measure needs of caregivers of neuro-oncology patients

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A needs assessment tool can identify specific needs of caregivers of patients with a primary malignant brain tumor.

Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child

Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child

This patient fact sheets provides suggestions for parents who are coping with the death of an adult child.

Coping with the Stress of Caregiving

Coping with the Stress of Caregiving

Stress is common among caregivers who struggle to meet competing demands. This fact sheets details ways to manage it.

An extraordinary nursing moment to remember

An extraordinary nursing moment to remember

An opportunity to put basic clinical skills to the test demonstrates the depth of nursing skills for this nurse.

GVHD in pediatric HSCT patients: Clinical trials for Rituximab

GVHD in pediatric HSCT patients: Clinical trials for Rituximab

The CD20 antagonist is a potentially effective preventive and treatment for this common adverse effect of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Young Adults as Caregivers

Young Adults as Caregivers

Young adults may face unique challenges as caregivers. This fact sheet address how this age group can best adjust to the role.

Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?

Caring Advice for Caregivers: How Can You Help Yourself?

Caregivers need care, too. Patients can share this fact sheet with their support systems.

Caregiving At the End of Life

Caregiving At the End of Life

This fact sheet provides tips to caregivers on how to provide support when the end of life is near.

Heart risks heightened for partners of cancer patients

Spousal caregivers of cancer patients have increased risks of coronary heart disease and stroke that persist over time, researchers have discovered.

An act of balance: Caregiving tips for the Sandwich Generation

An act of balance: Caregiving tips for the Sandwich Generation

These tips and resources can help oncology nurses and other clinicians ease the burden of caring for both parents and children.

Caring for the caregiver

Caring for the caregiver

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The person who provides care and support at home is an integral part of a patient's care. Nurses need to check on them, too.

CDC focuses on infection prevention

CDC focuses on infection prevention

A new initiative launched by CDC is designed to reduce the risk of life-threatening infection in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Supporting a Loved One With Metastatic Breast Cancer: Caregiving Tips for Men

Supporting a Loved One With Metastatic Breast Cancer: Caregiving Tips for Men

Living with metastatic breast cancer is challenging for both the woman who is diagnosed and for her caregivers. This fact sheet offers tips for men about how to deal with this difficult situation.

Online informed-consent resource enhances process

An Internet-based, multimedia informed-consent tool is on track to increase clinical-trial enrollment at the University of Pennsylvania.

New program guides nurses into survivorship care

A curriculum at City of Hope and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will train nurses working with cancer patients who are transitioning from active treatment to survivorship care.

Nurses can ease challenges of distance caregiving

A study of distance caregiving in the advanced cancer population revealed the stressors for distant caregivers and suggested ways in which nurses might be able to help these persons.

Understanding ototoxicity risks for pediatric oncology patients

Understanding ototoxicity risks for pediatric oncology patients

Audiometric testing, awareness of the symptoms, and knowledge of which drugs are ototoxic can help protect young cancer patient's hearing.

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